Frequently Asked Questions
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What do I need to bring along when I enrol my child?
- New Zealand birth certificate, or if born overseas, the child’s Passport with “Permanent Residency” or a current “Student Visa”
- Signed immunisation certificate
- Any additional documents that may be required e.g. court orders, adoption certificates, ORS funding approval letter, health information.
One of the following in a the parent/caregivers’ name and less than three months old:
- a powerbill or
- a landline telephone bill or
- a tenancy agreement
If the above is not in the parent/caregivers name then the following must be provided:
- one of the above items for the home zone address that the parent and child are living at
- a letter from the person whose name the above bill is in stating that the parent/caregiver and child live at this address
- two pieces of official type mail addressed to the parent/caregiver at the address on the enrolment form e.g. bank statement, WINZ letter
- in some cases an Enrolment Questionnaire will be required to be completed.
An enrolment form can be picked up from the school office or downloaded from the Enrolment page of this website. An enrolment meeting with the Assistant Principal will also be arranged for you prior to your child starting school.
Does the school have a school uniform and where can this be purchased?
The Uniform Shoppe, 639 Great South Road, Manukau (entrance on Ronwood Avenue between BNZ and Krispy Kreme), phone 09 267 6063.
The office does sell some secondhand uniform items for $10 each.
School hats can be purchased from the school office for $12 and are compulsory in Terms 1 and 4.
Are you able to support us with obtaining a school uniform?
We do have some secondhand uniform items that can be purchased from the school office for $10 per item. We usually have plenty of sweatshirts but limited stock of other uniform items.
What shoes should my child wear to school?
Preferably black school shoes that are suitable for running around in. If you require assistance with sourcing shoes we can assist you with this.
What are the school's hours?
School hours are 8.50am to 3pm each day. The school grounds are open 8am-3.15pm. Classrooms are open for students from 8.30am onwards. Children are not allowed at school before 8am due to health and safety. Our school will always finish at 3pm unless you receive a notice of any change. It is required that all students leave school grounds by 3.15pm each day.
Does Papatoetoe South School have before and after school care?
We have an outside provider, Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKiDs) that operates a before an after school programme at our school. For queries and to obtain more information about this programme go the sKiDs website.
Will my child be in Year 0 or Year 1 when they start school?
If your child turns 5 between 1st of January and 31st of March they will be in Year 1 when they start school. If your child turns 5 after 31st of March they will be in Year 0 when they start school. Your child may have three full terms of Year 0 or just a few weeks, depending on when they turn 5. The Year 0 students will go in to Year 1 in the following school year.
We believe students spending more time in the junior school, consolidating learning, has a HUGE impact on later success.
I need to take my children home early, can I do this?
Yes, you are able to pick your child up early but only by special arrangement. Please remember parents/guardians have legal obligations to ensure their child(ren) attend school. Parents are to try and arrange appointments etc. outside school hours, or in holidays. If this is unavoidable, the parent/caregiver or listed emergency contact must sign out the student at the office. Anyone who signs students out prior to 3pm is to be 18 years or older.
Please note that this may take a bit longer on a Tuesday afternoon due to cultural/art sessions.
What are the arrangements if my child becomes sick at school?
The school will ring one of the parents/caregivers, or emergency contacts if the parents/caregivers are uncontactable. The child is to be picked up from the school office and signed out.
What should I do if my child is going to be absent from school?
For safety and attendance reasons, it is important that parents/caregivers and teachers know where children are.
For all unforeseen absences please contact the school before 9am via one of the below options:
- Phone 09 278 5231 or 0800 786 3784 – option 2 to leave a message on the answerphone
- SchoolApp Absentee option
- Website Report an Absence page
All parents/caregivers of students who have not been marked as present or sick will be texted by 9.30am.
Teachers will follow up unexplained absences with a phone call home and in some instances a letter home.
Can we take our child on holiday during term?
Parents/caregivers have legal obligations to ensure their child(ren) attend school. The Education Act requires that all children six years older and over must attend school. Once enrolled, it is compulsory for children to attend school regularly.
Holidays during term time are now classified by the Ministry as an unjustified absence. We are required to remove a student from the school roll after 20 days of absence.
If you have a planned absence during term please notify your child’s teacher and complete a Student Leave Form which is available from the office, prior to the start of the absence.
Can I come into the school to help and how is this organised?
Parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to be actively involved in the education of the children in the school. This includes classifying and caring for library books, helping to make classroom equipment, helping in classrooms with various reading, language or art and craft activities, helping in many other useful ways. Parents are also invited to assist staff on school trips, excursions and outdoor educational activities.
If you would like to offer your services in any way, please phone the office and leave your name.
Is my child allowed to bring their own toys to school?
Generally the answer is no but there are exceptions. The reasons why are their toy may get lost or stolen and this can be extremely upsetting for the child. If children do bring toys to school they are to be handed into the teacher. The only instance where toys are to be at school is when they are specially requested for fun days/events and a notice will go home to parents in these instances.
How am I able to find out about my child's progress at school?
Schools are required to report to parents twice a year on their child’s progress. An Interim report is sent home at the end of Term 2/start of Term 3 and an End of Year report at the end of Term 4. If you wish to find out about your child’s progress outside of these times please make an appointment to see your child’s teacher. An appointment can be arranged via the school office.
Triadic Learning Conversations (parent/student/teacher) are held once a year at the end of Term 2/start of Term 3.
How many children attend Papatoetoe South School?
At the start of each year we have approximately 520 students. By the end of the year year we have approximately 560-600 students.
Who can I talk to about my concerns and worries?
You are welcome to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns or worries you may have. Depending on the issue you can also contact the school office and they will be able to advise you on your next steps.
How does this school deal with suspected bullying?
We take all incidents seriously and we can only follow up if we know about it. Please encourage your child to talk to their teacher if something happens. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s teacher to discuss any incidents. Not all cases are bullying as this is targeted repeated behaviour. However all reported incidences of children feeling unsafe are recorded and investigated.
What systems are in place to help children with learning difficulties?
Make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss your concerns. The teacher will then follow this up with the appropriate personnel. The teacher will keep in touch with you to let you know what will be put in place, if additional support is necessary.
As a parent, how do I make an appointment to speak with the Principal?
Contact the school office to arrange an appointment, phone 09 278 5231 or 0800 786 3784.
Does the school have a policy for homework?
There is an expectation that all students read with/or be read to every day. Speak to your child’s teacher around their homework expectations.
Will my child participate in swimming lessons?
We have a school pool and students will have lessons in Terms 1 and 4. Lessons will be supervised by the class teacher. If you’d like to know more about the lessons please contact your child’s teacher. This is also a great opportunity for children to build independence by being able to get themselves changed.
Will my child be able to play sport at school?
Sports teams start for students in Year 4 but all students participate in physical education lessons as part of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Will my child be able to learn an instrument at school?
Tironui runs a programme with our students in Years 4-6 where they can learn a string instrument. All other students are given the opportunity to participate in music lessons within the class as part of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Will my child be able to take books out of the library?
Yes. All classes visit the school library each week and books are issued for two weeks.
Our school also offers weekly whānau library sessions in which you have the opportunity to spend some quality time in our school library reading and sharing books with your children. You can also issue books to take home and read together. If you are interested in getting a whānau library card so that you can issue books, please complete the application form on the Enrolment page. Terms and conditions to apply when borrowing books.
When are school assemblies?
These are on the school calendar of events. Any special assemblies where whānau are welcome to attend will also be on this calendar. Please be seated at least five minutes before the start time.
What should my child do if they have lost an item at school?
All non-uniform items are placed in the lost property containers in the student entrance by Rm11. Students and parents/caregivers can check this lost property at any time. These containers will be cleared at the end of each term and remaining items will be donated.
Found uniform items are to be handed into the office. Named items will be returned to the student via their classroom teacher. All items that are not named will be kept for a term and any remaining items will be added to the secondhand uniform stocks.
Does Papatoetoe South School have a dental clinic?
The mobile dental clinic comes to our school for two separate terms each year. The technicians will see students during class time. Parents/caregivers will only be contacted if students require a higher level of treatment.
If your child requires dental treatment outside of these times you are welcome to call the Dental Hub at Puhinui School, phone 09 278 1975. Please try to make appointments outside of school hours.